What’s On

Game of Queens – Charivari Agréable | 26 November 14:00

Award winning early music ensemble Charivari Agréable return to Shaw House with a new matinée performance for 2017. Game of Queens tells the extraordinary story of the 16th century female monarchs,...

Workshop: Willow for Christmas (Sold out) | 01 December 10:00

*Please note: this workshop has now sold out* In this workshop we will be making a variety of decorative willow objects (stars, wreaths, reindeer and bells) to celebrate the festive...

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 01 December 14:00

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns- 8 months old, running the first Friday of the month. Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes with a cuppa and cake.  The...

Christmas Fair & Children’s Parties | 03 December 11:00

Christmas Fair   |  Sunday 3 December  |  11am – 4pm If you are looking for unique and creative Christmas gifts then the Christmas Fair is not to be missed! We...

Workshop: Christmas Wreath Making (Sold out) | 05 December 10:00

Join us at this fun and create workshop and make your own festive door wreath. The wire frame, moss, seasonal foliage and selection of decorations from dried oranges, chillies and limes to...

Blaze’s Buddies | 07 December 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Touch to See | 11 December 10:30

This is a sociable discussion group for those with visual impairments that meets monthly for a chat and a cup of tea. The group has access to tactile and audio...

Talk: Jane Austen and the Military | 13 December 19:00

In Jane Austen's 41 years of life, Great Britain was at war or under threat of invasion for all but ten of those years. Although Jane's works lack specific detail...

Old Christmas Return’d! – Piva | 15 December 20:00

Playing seasonal music from the 16th century, the show is designed to help ease you into the Christmas spirit. The Elizabethans would have celebrated the 12 Days of Christmas in...

A Christmas Carol – A Folk Opera – GreenMatthews | 18 December 19:30

The quintessential Victorian Christmas classic! GreenMatthews bring you a brand-new retelling of the most thrilling Yuletide adventure of them all – Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. First published in 1843,...

Workshop: Christmas Table Arrangements | 20 December 10:00

Add an extra special touch to your festive tables and join us to learn how to design and create a stunning table centre. From fresh, seasonal flowers and foliage, to...

Family Activity Day – Christmas Crafts | 21 December 10:00

Make a Victorian-inspired Christmas card out of Victorian scraps, sticky lace and other craft materials. £2 per child. For 4-11 year olds but younger and older children are welcome. No...

Three Rivers Community Choir | 21 December 19:00

Join the Three Rivers Community Choir for a festive evening of carols and readings. Revel in the beautiful sounds of Christmas as the choir treats you to a programme of...

Present Perfect – An Artisan Christmas Market | 11 November 10:00

If you are looking for hand crafted and unique gifts then come along to Present Perfect – An Artisan Christmas Market at the Museum this Christmas! With a stunning display...

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 05 January 14:00

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns - 8 months old, running the first Friday of the month.   Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes with a cuppa and cake. ...

Touch to See | 08 January 10:30

This is a sociable discussion group for those with visual impairments that meets monthly for a chat and a cup of tea. The group has access to tactile and audio...

Touch to See | 08 January 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Talk: The Origins of Roman Silchester (Calleva) | 17 January 19:00

Recent and ongoing excavations within and around the Roman town of Silchester (Calleva Atrebatum) have shed important light on its pre-Roman origins.  These discoveries about Iron Age Calleva will be...

Blaze’s Buddies | 01 February 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Creation Station: Tiny Treasures | 02 February 14:00

Tiny Treasures is a monthly session for newborns- 8 months old, running the first Friday of the month.   Pop along and enjoy creating newborn keepsakes with a cuppa and cake.  The...

Workshop: Picture & Photograph Mounting | 05 February 12:00

Learn to cut and decorate window mounts for your pictures and photographs. Sue will teach you how to use the correct materials, tools and techniques to make your pictures look...

Workshops: Handmade Ceramics: Clay Tile/ Brooch Printing | 10 February 13:00

Learn to roll slabs of porcelain paper clay to make individual decorative tiles and brooches. Starting with a piece of lino you will cut a simple form inspired by images...

Touch to See | 12 February 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Family Activity Day | 14 February 10:00

Ceramic heart decorations – using porcelain pens, create your own design on a heart-shaped ceramic hanging decoration. A new house trail will also be available. £2 per child. For 4-11...

Messy Museum Day – Skilful Saxons | 15 February 10:00

Be illuminated! – decorate an illuminated letter, as you would have seen in an Anglo-Saxon manuscript created by monks, using felt tip pens, gold paint and other craft materials. Dress...

Linking the Landscape: Under the Microscope | 16 February 10:00

What can you see under the microscope?  Local Wildlife Trust experts will be on hand with microscopes, and an array of remarkable mini-beasts up-close.  Learn about this fascinating essential world...

Messy Museum Day – Skilful Saxons | 16 February 10:00

Go potty! – make a small Saxon pot out of air-drying clay and decorate it using replica stamps. Dress for mess!  Disposable aprons will be provided.  Visit the permanent exhibition,...

Workshops: Still Life: Construction, Light and Colour | 21 February 10:00

Using interesting items from the museum collection you will put together your composition using construction (size and proportion); light (building up your picture in tone); and colour (applying colour, texture...

Talk: Newbury’s Roman Cemetery | 21 February 19:00

In the middle of the 19th century, a large Roman cemetery was discovered in an area now near Sainsbury's in Newbury.  The cemetery was quickly destroyed, and poorly documented.  Local historian...

Arts & Culture Passport | 01 October 10:00

The Arts & Culture Passport is a free resource, suitable for children aged 5 - 12. The initiative encourages young people to explore the creative provision of each venue and...

Blaze’s Buddies | 01 March 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Civil War at Shaw House: The Earl Rivers Regiment Muster | 10 March 11:00

Immerse yourself in history with a day out in the 17th Century. Discover what life was like for those who had to take up arms against their fellow countrymen. Witness...

Touch to See | 12 March 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Workshop: Spring Flowers | 14 March 13:00

Come along and join in the fun creating a stunning display of seasonal flowers in a basket which can be used as gifts, at a wedding or even just to...

Workshops: Ceramic Wedding Gifts | 15 March 18:00

Join us to create some unique bridal party, Christening or naming ceremony gifts for you to give to those important people on your special day, from bridesmaids, God parents, Mums &...

Talk: The Curridge Hoard: Brass Coins from 3rd century Roman Britain | 21 March 19:00

In 1998 a pot of Roman coins was discovered at Curridge, Berkshire. Although it contained everyday Roman brasses and coppers produced from the first to the third centuries AD they...

Workshops: Handmade Ceramics: Green Man | 24 March 10:00

Come and have fun learning how to create your own garden 'Green Man' using a robust stoneware clay suitable for all weathers. You will be making and cutting a slab...

Workshop: Make Your Own Fascinator | 24 March 11:00

Learn how to design and create your own unique Fascinator to compliment an outfit or the theme of a wedding or event, using various millinery techniques, such as sewing, rolling,...

Workshops: Wedding Place Names | 29 March 18:00

This workshop gives you the perfect opportunity to enjoy being creative with friends and family to make bespoke hand painted place names which also double up as personalised wedding favours for guests...

Family Activity Day | 04 April 10:00

Bright Bunnies 10am - 3.30pm Make and decorate a wooden basket in the shape of a bunny, using Deco pens and the craft materials available. There will also be a...

Family Activity Day – Crazy Crafts | 06 April 10:00

Delightful decorations Choose between making an Easter sign, masquerade mask, and decorating a wooden coaster or a wooden flower. There will be at least three crafts to choose from (while...

Spring Food and Craft Fair at Shaw House | 08 April 11:00

Spring is in the air and we are celebrating with the return of our Spring Food and Craft Fair. The House will be packed full of artisan food, drink and locally...

Touch to See | 09 April 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Family Activity Day | 11 April 10:00

Rocking Roosters 10am - 3.30pm Make a pecking chicken out of a coloured paper plate, feathers, wiggle eyes and a variety of other craft materials. There will also be a...

Family Activity Day – Crazy Crafts | 13 April 10:00

Dress to Impress Choose between making a fan, top hat or any of the crafts still available from last week. Then go and try on the historical costumes in the...

Talk: Living in West Berkshire in Roman Times | 18 April 19:00

In Roman times, the River Kennet was probably a boundary between the Atrebates civitas in the south and the Dobunii civitas in the north and Thatcham was a settlement on...

Workshop: Bridal flowers: Button Holes and Bouquets | 18 April 18:15

During the first part of the class you will learn how to wire a simple button hole.  You will then have a choice of making either a wedding bouquet using an...

Workshops: Handmade Ceramics: Indoor Planter | 21 April 13:00

Starting with clay as the raw material you will learn to coil and strap clay and manipulate it to creating a small individual indoor planter. You will then enhance the...

Workshop: Paper Making | 27 April 12:00

To tie in with the museum’s exhibition Paper, People & Print, this workshop will begin with a brief talk on the history of paper making in the local area, this...

Local Heritage Roadshow | 28 April 11:00

Pop in to the museum and find out more about the many local clubs, groups and societies in the area dedicated to our local history and archaeology. Heritage staff will be...

Blaze’s Buddies | 03 May 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Shaw House School Open Weekend | 06 May 11:00

Commemorating 75 years since Shaw House became a school. Join us for a very special weekend where you will have the opportunity to access all area of the House which...

Touch to See | 14 May 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Workshops: Challenge Yourself – Watercolour Painting on location at Shaw House | 14 May 10:00

During these four workshops you will learn everything you need to know in order to produce one or more finished watercolour pieces that you would be able to exhibit (and...

Workshop: Bridal Flowers: Top Table Arrangement | 16 May 18:15

Come along and create your own long and low table arrangement using seasonal flowers and greenery. Suitable for top table at a wedding, buffet table or mantelpiece. You will be shown...

Workshops: Ceramic Wedding Gifts | 17 May 18:00

Join us to create some unique bridal party, Christening or naming ceremony gifts for you to give to those important people on your special day, from bridesmaids, God parents, Mums &...

Workshops: Hand Painting Delft Tiles | 18 May 10:00

Delftware, also known as Delft Blue, is the charming variety of blue and white ceramic pottery originating from Delft in the Netherlands, with many of the classic tile designs dating from...

A Brief History Of Music – GreenMatthews | 20 May 19:30

600 years of musical history in 90 minutes! Beginning in the Middle Ages and ending up in the 20th century (and incorporating everything in between!) this fun and fast-moving show...

Workshops: Challenge Yourself – Watercolour Painting on Location at Shaw House | 21 May 10:00

During these four workshops you will learn everything you need to know in order to produce one or more finished watercolour pieces that you would be able to exhibit (and...

Workshops: Wedding Place Names | 24 May 18:00

This workshop gives you the perfect opportunity to enjoy being creative with friends and family to make bespoke hand painted place names which also double up as personalised wedding favours for guests...

Family Activity Day | 30 May 10:00

Tremendous Trees 10am - 3.30pm Using the trees in the grounds of Shaw House as inspiration, make and decorate a wooden tree using Deco pens and a variety of craft...

Thumbelina – Indoor Puppet Theatre | 31 May 14:00

There was once a girl so small that she could float on a lily pad and ride on the back of a dragonfly. Hans Christian Andersen’s magical tale of a...

Family Activity Day – Cavalier or Roundhead? | 01 June 10:00

Make your own Civil War soldier out of a wooden peg, felt pieces, wool, chenille stems and other craft materials. This event is to tie-in with the re-enactment by English...

Bats at the museum | 01 June 19:15

A talk and walk by local bat expert James Shipman about the life of these amazing creatures. Did you know bats can live for up to 30 years? James explains...

Open Air Sculpture Exhibition at Shaw House | 12 May 11:00

The Orangery Lawn at Shaw House will be transformed into a sculpture trail where you can discover artworks by local sculptors in this lovely historic setting. The exhibition is part...

Workshops: Challenge Yourself – Watercolour Painting on location at Shaw House | 04 June 10:00

During these four workshops you will learn everything you need to know in order to produce one or more finished watercolour pieces that you would be able to exhibit (and...

Blaze’s Buddies | 07 June 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Workshop: Willow for the Garden | 08 June 10:00

In this workshop we will be making a simple garden cloche or plant climber for use in your garden.  Along the way we will explore different weaving techniques that you...

ACE Space @ Shaw House | 10 June 13:00

A one day festival with performers from Newbury’s Arts and Community hub, ACE Space (and perhaps elsewhere!) in the House and grounds at the beautiful Shaw House. With music, storytelling,...

Touch to See | 11 June 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Workshops: Challenge Yourself – Watercolour Painting on location at Shaw House | 11 June 10:00

During these four workshops you will learn everything you need to know in order to produce one or more finished watercolour pieces that you would be able to exhibit (and...

Workshop: Bridal Flowers: Corsages and Bouquets | 20 June 18:15

In this workshop you will start by making a simple wired corsage and then go on to make a classic hand tied bouquet with seasonal flowers which can be used for a...

Workshops: Hand Painting Delft Tiles | 22 June 10:00

Delftware, also known as Delft Blue, is the charming variety of blue and white ceramic pottery originating from Delft in the Netherlands, with many of the classic tile designs dating from...

Talk: The Armourer’s Dilemma: Armour and Firearms in the British Civil Wars | 22 June 19:00

By the Civil Wars of the mid-17th century gunpowder weaponry had come to radically affect the nature of warfare. Increasing numbers of infantry and cavalry were equipped with firearms and...

Newbury I – 375th Anniversary of the First Battle of Newbury | 23 June 10:00

Experience the thrill of cavalry in action, musket and artillery fire, and the clash of pikes at a re-enactment of the First Battle of Newbury with the English Civil War Society. The...

Blaze’s Buddies | 05 July 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Touch to See | 09 July 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Workshop: Symmetrical Flower Arrangements | 18 July 13:00

Join us at this fun summer workshop and learn how to make a classic symmetrical triangle design - a front facing design which is often seen at receptions and functions....

Workshops: Hand Painting Delft Tiles | 20 July 10:00

Delftware, also known as Delft Blue, is the charming variety of blue and white ceramic pottery originating from Delft in the Netherlands, with many of the classic tile designs dating from...

Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors | 25 July 10:00

Ruffing it with the Elizabethans 10am - 3.30pm Make a bejewelled Elizabethan ruff, a large collar worn around the neck by fashionable Tudors, out of card, gems and other craft...

Messy Museum Day | 27 July 10:00

Part of the Festival of Archaeology 2018 Iron Age coins – out of air-drying clay and gold paint make an Iron Age coin with a picture of a stylised horse...

Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors | 01 August 10:00

Make a Tudor character mask on a wooden stick from a variety of craft materials. There will be a free Tudor-themed activity trail available too. Children under 16 must be...

Messy Museum Day | 03 August 10:00

Roman bracelets Make a bejewelled roman bracelet in the shape a coiled serpent out of a craft roll, gold paint, gems and other craft materials. Then go and see the...

Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors | 08 August 10:00

Costumed courtiers 10am - 3.30pm Make a Tudor lady or gentleman fit for the Elizabethan court, from a craft roll, polystyrene ball, fabric, Deco pens and other craft materials.  ...

Messy Museum Day | 10 August 10:00

Roman lamps Make a Roman oil lamp out of air-drying clay. You can then go and find the real thing on display in the museum. £2 per child. For 4-11...

Peter Pan – Outdoor Theatre | 13 August 18:00

Immersion Theatre invite you to soar away to Neverland as they proudly bring their trademark energy to their most magical musical to date, PETER PAN. Get ready to think happy...

Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors | 15 August 10:00

Glorious gardens Make a collage of a Tudor garden on a panel or canvas using a variety of craft materials. There will be a free Tudor-themed activity trail available too....

Messy Museum Day | 17 August 10:00

Ceramic coasters With porcelain pens personalise your ceramic tile coaster, using as inspiration a Victorian sampler from our collection. Find out about 19th century in the permanent exhibition. £2 per...

Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors | 22 August 10:00

Terrific tygs 10am - 3.30pm  Make a Tudor tyg, a many handled sharing cup, from air-drying clay. Dress for mess! Disposable aprons will be made available for the messier activities....

Messy Museum Day | 24 August 10:00

Beautiful birds Decorate a wooden bird with Deco pens and patterned paper and then varnish (decoupage) as the Victorians would have done. Finally, attach a piece of ribbon for a...

Family Activity Day: Terrific Tudors | 29 August 10:00

Make a stained glass window-effect Tudor Rose design using coloured cellophane and tissue paper. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. £2 per child. For 4-11 year olds...

Messy Museum Day | 31 August 10:00

Pattern printing Using the museum’s Arts & Crafts copper jug by Elizabeth Waterhouse as inspiration, make your own nature-inspired stamp to print on fabric. £2 per child. For 4-11 year...

Touch to See | 10 September 10:30

Touch To See meets on the second Monday of every month from 10.30am – 12pm at the West Berkshire Museum. The group has access to tactile and audio resources from...

Heritage Open Day | 15 September 11:00

Explore a normally closed off part of the museum, the attic of the Cloth Hall.  Please be aware that only a small number of people will be allowed into the...

Heritage Open Days | 15 September 11:00

Join us in the Great Hall for introductory talks about the history of the House. At 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm and visitors will be able to self navigate their...

Talk: From Villa to Village | 19 September 19:00

The role of voluntary archaeology in uncovering Roman, Saxon and Medieval Berkshire Some Timed to accompany an exhibition on 60 years of work by the Berkshire Archaeology Research Group, this...

Blaze’s Buddies | 04 October 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...

Blaze’s Buddies | 01 November 11:00

Join Blaze, the museum dragon, and listen to a short action poem about him followed by other activities including a simple craft linked to the treasure Blaze has found that...